February 2, 2009

Dev Patel to star in Shyamalan’s next

Hollywood filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has cast Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel in his upcoming, live-action movie, The Last Airbender, Variety.com said.

The film, which is based on an animated Nickelodeon television series, will co-star newcomer Noah Ringer, as well as Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone and Jessica Jade Andres.

Production is slated to begin in mid-March in Greenland, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

The first picture in the planned three-movie Airbender series is expected to hit theaters July 2, 2010.

Shyamalan's films include The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water and The Happening.